Your athlete is a 26-year-old male, 195 lb. and 5’10”, with 8 percent body fat. He’s competing in the CrossFit Games.
You need to feed him—but what and when?
In this clip from a CrossFit Nutrition Cert with Robb Wolf, participants are asked to formulate a meal plan for an elite athlete, taking into consideration a host of different factors. The goal: fuelling the athlete for optimal performance.
When an athlete is in the middle of a challenging and gruelling competition, Wolf recommends paying less attention to precise Zone blocks, focusing instead on providing foods the athlete digests well and is comfortable with. Post-WOD, the competitor is going to need far more carbs than normal. Controlling blood-sugar levels while replenishing muscle glycogen is key.
Perhaps the most important aspect is going into the event with a tested plan, so pack a cooler full of nutritious foods the athlete has successfully used for recovery in trials prior to the event. Game day is no time to experiment with new food choices.
Robb Wolf is the co-owner and founder of CrossFit NorCal. He offers nutrition seminars all over North America.
Video by Again Faster.
Additional reading: Zone on the Rocks: Fueling Performance by Rob Miller, published Nov. 1, 2007.